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Herold Midnight Wheat Lager | Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.

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Brewed by:
Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RBorsato on 09-22-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed most recently at the behest of the MJ rare beer club...

From the bottle into a weizen glass, the beer pours a ruddy brown, capped by irregular & pillowy tan foam. Toasted banana bread comes out in the first whiff, followed by a mineral note.

Taste is initially full, estery fruit/banana flavor, which thins to a simple toasted malt notion. Carbonation is present, giving the body a bit of that fullness. Metallic note offsets the positive qualities of this beer. Not as spicy as I remember the first time around. Still, it is balanced in mouthfeel and texture, making it easy to drink.

Age has not been kind to this one, possibly a year old at the most. When the shop first got this in, it left a better impression the first time around. Freshness is key.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this one up the other day on recommendation of the beer guy at Sam's. Don't think it should be marked as retired. Pours from the bottle a deep dark brownish black with a nice creamy khaki head on top. Some spotty lacing hits the glass...looks quite nice. Aromas of deep roasty, toasty malts accentuated by a big cocoa presence, raisins and dark fruits. There's a nice herbal hop background as well. Burnt wheat. Lovely.

First sip brings a smooth roasty, toasted wheat grain maltiness with a nice dose of cocoa flavors. Fruity with noticeable raisin undertones. There's a mellow spiciness that lingers in the background as well. Herbal hops meld in on the way down. Creamy and smooth. A tasty dunkel for sure in my book.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium boided and creamy. It goes down really easily with a big flavor. An extremely drinkable brew that I'll be looking for again in the future. One could easily make a session out of this. Look for it and pick it up if you have a chance!

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Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black, with a beautiful head. Licorice, chocolate, and spicey wheat, wheaty aroma. Good lager, smooth,nicely malted, medium mouthfeel. Sour finish. Strong carbonation, perhaps the mix of hops. Shared with Radek, his find on one of the on-line beer stores.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown and amber with solid ecru head.
Aroma had a very fruity base with some dark wheat bread in the back ground.
Flavor had some banana and wheat bread notes but was very short and abrupt, really lacked any depth.
Mouthfeel was medium to maybe a tad lighter and had some really mineral-water characteristics.
Drinkability was average. Simply did not have a lot of the qualities of a solid Dunkel. Fruit was downplayed, no really malt backbone.
Tad disappointing.

The aroma was fruity while being poured with a notable banana aroma. As the head was dropping the beer's aroma became less estery and took on a metallic character.

The flavor was a slight bit sour with an acidic quality and a dark malt flavor of black patent malt and licorice. Some banana was present in the flavor, but not much. Also some caramel was present in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting graham flavor and metallic flavors. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level. This one must be passed it's prime. The beer just showed up in the store before I purchased it and although retired here, nothing indicates the beer is really old other than the flavor being less than stellar.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly odd beer. A bit disappointing considering how much I like the Herold Bohemian Wheat Lager and the Black Lager. This tastes almost like a mix between the two, remniscient of the Kapuziner Schwarzweiss I had a while back. Even though I like both hefes and schwarz, the mixture between the two is not necessarily for the better.

This beer pours to a dark brown, almost black color with a decent sized white head. Looks interesting enough.

The smell is very much like a schwarzbier. Has a nice soft malt aroma and a nuttiness. A little bit of a soapy aroma that I commonly experience with German wheat beers, but it is distinctly lacking in the banana and clove. The taste is very much the same, though with a bit more of a roasty caramel malt flavor.

Has a good balance between sweet and dry flavors. The palate is fairly uneventful. Very soft. Could use a hit of carbonation to bring out some more flavors. Fairly drinkable, but not on the same degree as the other Herold beers I've had.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Czech-brewed dunkelweizen. It’s an interesting concept. At first I was thinking that they just fermented cool, which would have left the hefeweizen yeast flavors muted, but after reading the description, I guess they blend the hefeweizen with a black lager which explains the muted hefeweizen flavors. A bit sandy and dusty, slight bubblegum esters. Not bad, but not good enough.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark/Chocolate brown color with a nice full light brown/tan creamy head and decent carbonation leaves sheets of lace. Very nice balanced dark wheat, toffee, coffee and banana-clove yeasty aromas. Flavor is also very balanced with all of the above characteristics blending nicely with a nice fruitiness (mostly bananas). Light-medium bodied and easy drinking.

An Excellent Bavarian Dunkelweizen that you would swear was from Germany !!

Per Label: 12.5 Plato

Per MJ Rare Beer Club notes: Starts off as a light wheat (60% wheat and 40% golden malt). Double decocotion. Combined with Bohemian Black Lager (one of my favorite beers!) during Secondary fermentation. Saaz hops.

(16.9 oz / 500 ml)

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Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a little lace. Dark cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Caramel nose. Starts balanced but then a caramel flavor that stays to a clean finish. A tasty wheat. $2.49 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

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Photo of mpyle
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Ruby color, very dark, very clear. Large tan head, thick and long lasting

Aroma - Dark malt aroma, plumlike. A bit of clove.

Flav - Dark malt, some chocolate. Stays slightly malty sweet through the finish. More dark lager than dunkelweiss.

MF - medium body and med-high carbonation. A bit creamy despite the carbonation, no astringency.

D'ability - A bit malty dark lager - highly drinkable.

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Photo of shivtim
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got my hands on this at Sam's in Chicago.
Pours a dark brown/black, slightly translucent. Smells of bananas and wheat with some malts and a little bit of toastiness. Flavor is gentle malts, bananas and chocolate. So far pretty decent. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is very watery, there seems to be no carbonation whatsoever. A real letdown there. Drinkability is good though. This would be a great beer if the mouthfeel was more full.

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Photo of marburg
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown in color, nearly black. Moderate head fades back to nothing. Caramel, chocolate, pumpernickel bread in the nose. Then raisins, currants, and alcohol. Then more chocolate and burnt sugar. Damn. A malt sweetness moves to a smokey, roasted flavor. Smores and oreo dipped in grassy compost juice. Well, maybe not that intense. But there's a bitter chocolate cookie feeling to this toward the finish.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the Tucher glass dark brown with and off-white, almost tan, frothy and tall head which dropped slowly as it laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity while being poured with a notable banana aroma. As the head was dropping the beer's aroma became less estery and took on a metallic character.

The flavor was a slight bit sour with an acidic quality and a dark malt flavor of black patent malt and licorice. Some banana was present in the flavor, but not much. Also some caramel was present in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a lasting graham flavor and metallic flavors. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level. This one must be passed it's prime. The beer just showed up in the store before I purchased it and although retired here, nothing indicates the beer is really old other than the flavor being less than stellar.

16.9 ounce bottle. If the Plimsol line on the Tucher glass is correct, this beer was 1/4-1/2" shy of the mark.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle shared by shivtim. Poured brown and very dark with a nice tan head. Smelled like overripe bananas and not much else. Tasted very subdued and banana-y, some chocolate malt flavor. Not an overly full bodied beer, kind of whipped or puffed in texture and probably a bit thin. Fine to drink...a pretty good, if understated, example of the style.

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Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

Midnight Wheat pours a slightly hazed garnet with deep rich mahogany highlights into a weizen glass. A 1 finger beige head formed on the pour that faded rather quickly to a solid cap. Leaves lacing after each sip that slowly falls back into the body.

The aroma starts off with a big helping of caramel and doughiness. There is a slight copper twang along with a subtle but obvious roasted malts.

Very smooth and balanced flavors. Much like the aroma caramel and a nice doughiness go hand in hand and are the main flavors. Sight copper twang in the flavor as well that actually contributes to the taste. Mild spicy hop finish along with the roasted malt acidity. Very impressive.

Medium bodied with a velvety smooth texture. Coats the tongue momentarilly but glides through with no problems.

Very easy drinker. I could easily enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

This is a high quality brew and I'm glad I had the opportunity to give this a try. Hopefully this beer will be around so I can pick up more. Very enjoyable and a good value.

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HarleyQuilter
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening this pint bottle, no overwhelming smells were present, even though we rolled it quite a bit to get the sediment off the bottom, required for a wheat beer.
This beer poured into a room temp pint glass gave a 1.5 in. head with medium sized bubbles, and a long staying power.
First taste brought to mind heavy ale, but didn't stick around. Mid-way through brought on a heavy body with some smoke, alcohol, and a bit off sweet undertones. Finish brings a crisp, smooth swallow that really surprises!
Mouthfeel is nothing to write home to MOM about, but drinkability in this household says, 'We need some more of this!', screw the mexican stuff, let's go back to John's Grocery and get some more!
Thanks folks! (The Chapin Clan)

I'm sorry this beer has been retired.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is marked as retired but not sure if that's the case - it was new in the store as of a week-and-a-half ago. 500 mL German bottle with no freshness date - brewed with five different malts and Czech hops, unfiltered and conditioned. This brew is a hybrid, crossing a traditional Bavarian dunkelweizen with a Czech lager, and I think the end result is wonderful. It pours into the weizen glass a murky rust/brown with medium to high carbonation and two fingers of almost fluffy, khaki head that doesn't leave much lacing. It smells like a schwarzbier at first, soft and inviting, with clean chocolate and roasted malts. But soon I find notes of bubblegum and chocolate-covered bananas, with light green hops in the back and an almost burnt malt character. On the palate it is very clean yet quite flavorful, with a profile similar to the aroma, but with the addition of spicy, almost piney hops that impart a mild to medium bitterness. Fruity yet chocolatey/roasty - quite nice. It is light and crisp, with a medium body, tingly carbonation, and a medium finish. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind brew - possibly the best tasting dunkelweizen I've come across, yet also clean, crisp and refreshing, as a lager should be. Seeing as how most older European breweries are steeped in centuries of tradition, cheers to Pivovar Herold for trying something unique, starting with their wheat lager and branching out to this one. If Midnight Wheat Lager is indeed retired, it needs to be revived and brewed year-round. This is a beer I could happily revisit many times.

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Herold Midnight Wheat Lager from Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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